Homar Hernandez, 57, a songwriter who was to have been...

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March 11, 2000

Homar Hernandez, 57, a songwriter who was to have been inducted into the Tejano Music Awards Hall of Fame, died in San Antonio on March 4 of a heart attack.

W. D. Hamilton, 63, who devised a widely accepted theory to explain the evolutionary basis of altruism, died Tuesday. He had contracted malaria on a research visit to Congo and had been in intensive care for weeks in London, The Guardian newspaper reported Thursday. He had gone to the Congo to research the theory that the AIDS virus originated from polio vaccine trials conducted in Africa in the 1950s. He was best known for his theory of "inclusive fitness," published in two papers in the Journal of Theoretical Biology in 1963 and 1964.

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